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Keeping older people safe and well at home
These resources have been developed to help keep older people safe at home by reducing deconditioning and falls hazards, supporting people with conditions such as dementia or Parkinson's, and improving overall wellbeing to help to keep their minds and bodies active.
COVID-19: End of life care and dementia
This brief guidance was developed by Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia at NHS England/Improvement, and has been incorporated into NHS England publications.
COVID-19: Dementia and cognitive impairment
This brief guidance was developed by Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia at NHS England/Improvement. It is applicable to those with dementia and anyone with cognitive impairment resulting from conditions which affect the brain.
COVID-19: BGS statement on research for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic
Research is an essential part of the global and UK strategy and response to COVID-19. This is the British Geriatrics Society statement on research for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clinical guidelines on dementia
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published an updated Quality Standard on dementia describing high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.
Age and Ageing collection: Treatments in Dementia
This collection of 15 papers provides an update on interventions in dementia in the past 15 years.
Driving with dementia or mild cognitive impairment: Consensus guidelines for clinicians
The assessment of driving risk can be difficult for clinicians. These Guidelines set out the responsibilities of clinicians to their patients, and provide a framework for thinking about the management of their driving safety.
How would I recognise if someone with dementia was experiencing anxiety or depression?
Depression and anxiety can severely affect the quality of life of those living with dementia but the overlap of symptoms can present challenges.
Nursing Perspectives on the Confusion Assessment Method
The Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) is used to detect delirium but its sensitivity is low when used in real-world settings. A study explored reasons for this through a series of focus groups with orthopaedic nurses at two academic hospitals in Hamilton, Canada.
Does pain increase delirium risk in people with dementia during a hospital admission?
Alexandra Feast describes a study which highlights how people with dementia experienced pain for a substantial part of their admission without being able to communicate this pain. It explores the relationship between pain, dementia and delirium.
John's Campaign in Scotland and England
People with dementia are not children but the effect of a hospital stay can be catastrophic for a person with dementia . John's Campaign promotes open visiting hours to enable the family of the person with dementia to minimise the confusion and distress of a hospital stay.
Discussing palliative care for people with dementia living at home and in care homes
Rose Miranda argues that not only researchers, doctors and nurses should be aware of the phenomenon of pain in people with dementia. We need to make the public aware of it too.
Improving the care of patients with dementia in an acute care setting
General hospitals are designed to deliver safe, effective and often highly technological care. For people with dementia, however, these unfamiliar clinical environments can be frightening, disorientating and a threat to independence and wellbeing.
Normal pressure hydrocephalus: treatment seeks disease
Definitions of a disease typically revolve around finding a pathological process in a part of the body that produces an identifiable combination of symptoms and signs. Which parts of this are true for NPH?
Delivering good nutritional care for people with dementia
By the time someone with dementia moves into a care home, they may already be experiencing significant weight loss and other nutrition-related problems. This may trigger further physical and mental deterioration.
John's Campaign - supporting people with dementia
John’s Campaign advocates for the removal of all restrictions on family carers supporting their relatives in hospital and a positive attitude of welcome and collaboration throughout the health and care system.
Helping older people in our care home stay connected
Joint activities such as art, sewing, knitting, cooking or growing plants help relationships grow between the generations.
This Practice Question has been published with the kind permission of the Royal College of Nursing.
Dr Eileen Burns looks at how Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, better communication and palliative care principles can improve the quality of end of life care for older people, and asks: what constitutes a good death?
Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are protections for adults who lack mental capacity to consent to, say, admission to hospital or a care home for treatment or care. Caroline Cooke and Premila Fade assess why they are being reviewed and the Law Commission's proposals.
Dysphagia Management for Older People
Older patients frequently have dysphagia resulting from acute or chronic illnesses. Dysphagia management requires a collaborative approach because of the complexities of older patients' needs, and geriatricians have an important role to play in overseeing this condition.